Upper-right abdomen pain worse after meals can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose upper-right abdomen pain worse after meals, we could:
|Sphincter Of Oddi Dysfunction
UPPER-RIGHT abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain behind the right rib cage that sometimes or always becomes worse after eating?
Possible responses:→ No / I only have pain when I eat / don't know
→ Rarely / a few times a year
→ Yes, mild pain becomes moderate pain after eating
→ Yes, mild pain becomes severe pain
→ Yes, moderate pain becomes severe pain
The gallbladder is located in the upper right abdomen, just beneath the liver. Meal-induced pain in this region suggests that gallstones may be causing a blockage in the bile duct. The gallbladder contracts rapidly but is unable to drain leading to pressure build-up and pain.